Guest lawrenceofsuburbia Posted April 25, 2015 Share Posted April 25, 2015 1000km service now due… Now at 1048km, trouble-free. Today’s ride was in balmy sunshine, top 31°C (88°F) on this mid-autumn public holiday for the almost-holy Anzac Day. Today’s country ride – a favourite circuit of mine – covered 411km. The first leg was 192km and took 2 hours 19 minutes (handy feature, this time-elapsed trip!). Second leg – different route home but similar roads – 215km and 2 hours 42 minutes, with a minute or two off the bike to snap a cuppla pix (see below). Having tweaked the suspension and slightly re-shaped the seat I was anxious to see if any improvements were evident: in a nutshell, they weren’t! The UK motorcycling journalist who wrote that the suspension on a Tracer felt like it was being ridden down a flight of steps may not have been far from the truth! I find it very poor: worse, the choppiness makes it hard to maintain smooth throttle control if the road surface going into bends, roundabouts, and the like is not near-perfect. This is where good throttle control is at a premium, but with limbs being thrown around it’s hard to achieve! The seat remains hard and uncomfortable too – as always, IMHO and as ever YMMV. About a 500km day on the Tracer as it is would be enough for me, with say two brief stops for fuel, etc. I have to say that although I’ll continue working on these two let-down points I feel that the bike is still something of a work-in-progress. It’s a pity, as I like, or even like very much, most other aspects and features of the Tracer. But a bright spot: received my first [em]“nice bike, mate!”[/em] today while stopped for a coffee, this from a stripling lad of about twelve years or so. Pleasing! Pic below shows the Tracer in its natural habitat. Lawrence of Suburbia (‘39 model) [em]Brisbane Queensland Australia 2015 Matte Grey Tracer – now at 1048 km[/em] http://i.imgur.com/HUTpXdx.jpg Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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